Per reports, one of the most premier names in the women's basketball community, Sheryl Swoopes has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Swoopes will join Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tom Izzo, Yao Ming and Jerry Reinsdorf for this year's class of Hall of Famers. She was the first player to sign to play in the WNBA and joins the likes of Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Nancy Lieberman, Dawn Staley and Lisa Leslie.
Swoopes was not only very dominant, but also a transcendent talent which was apparent during the WNBA's inaugural season. She was the first female basketball player to sign with Nike as an endorsement and have her own signature shoe.
Swoopes concluded her career at Texas Tech with a NCAA Championship title in 1993. She scored a game record 47 points in the Lady Raiders win over Ohio State, 84-82. In that same year, she was named the NCAA Final Four MVP as well as the Naismith National Player of the Year. In her time at Texas Tech she led them to two Southwest Conference titles, two NCAA appearances including the title in 1993.
She played for the Houston Comets (11 years), winning four consecutive WNBA championships (1997-2000). Swoopes was named the WNBA's Most Valuable Player three times (2000, 2002, 2005), a part of three teams that won the gold for the U.S in the Olympics, a six time WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006), the Defensive Player of the Year in the league (2000, 2002, 2003) and the league's scoring champion two times (2000, 2005).
She had one season with the Seattle Storm in 2008 and finished her final year of professional playing at Tulsa (now the Dallas Wings) in 2011.
Since 2013, she had been the head coach at Chicago's Loyola University Chicago.